Community needs drove former executive for Good Samaritan Society
Paula Kneisl, former executive director for the Evangelical Lutheran Good Samaritan Society in Prescott, sat down for an interview in October as the organization celebrates 40 years of service to the community.
Kneisl, a 29-year veteran of the senior care industry, said she was drawn to the Prescott area because of the opportunities she had to serve.
“I had the ability to expand services to meet the needs of our communities,” Kneisl said, “to reach out to residents, patients and staff in a meaningful way.”
During her tenure, Kneisl oversaw the addition of assisted living at Willow Wind and senior apartments at Prescott Valley. “We brought the campuses and services together so that even though we were on different sites, we were all part of the Good Samaritan continuum of care in the Quad Cities,” Kneisl said.
Her proudest moment was adding certified home health and hospice agencies, including a free standing Medicare certified Hospice House.
“The Marley House was the final culmination, where not only all of our various campuses participated, but we had phenomenal resident and community support,” said Kneisl. The Marley House opened in 2010.
Her other favorite duties were less visible, like mentoring new administrators and managers. “There were also those precious moments of singing the old hymns with Prescott Village residents and leading devotions for the residents at the Tower, our HUD apartments,” she said.
Kneisl moved to the area from the Good Samaritan Society’s campus in Roseville, Minnesota. After retiring from the Society in 2011, she continues to live in Prescott and serves as President of her P.E.O. Chapter O and serves on the Yavapai Regional Medical Center board of directors.